MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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THE HUSBAND OF A WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR

FAMILY GATHERING (CARRABBA'S) 6 (ME & TONY HOME).jpgJust as it is not always easy to be a woman entrepreneur, it also isn’t always easy being the husband of one. My dear husband Tony has always been a huge supporter of me and my entrepreneurial endeavors. Yet, I realize it is hard for him at times when the income sometimes just trickles in.

He has always been a good husband, father, and provider. We have been married for almost 36 years, and I’m so grateful to have him by my side through the good times and the bad.

Today, my siblings, I, and our families got together at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Douglasville, GA. It had been a while since we’d had a family function. We want to start getting together more often and not just at funerals, so my wonderful and beautiful niece Devaree put it together for us. In three days, it will be the one-year anniversary of my mama’s passing. We miss her everyday and missed having her with us tonight.

Yesterday, I received in the mail two t-shirts (one for my husband and one for myself) I had recently ordered from fellow woman entrepreneur Briana BuzeeMommies Riggins. So we decided that we would wear them today at our gathering. Not only are they beautiful but they are also very comfortable, and we love the sizes and how well they fit.

Just like Briana, I also love to see couples showing their love for each other. Please click on the link above in her name to visit her Facebook page, and while you’re there, please show her some love and support.

As always, this is from my heart ❤ to yours ❤ !

Maxine 🙂

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WHEN A SPOUSE HAS SPECIAL NEEDS

Image“I, _____, take you, _____, to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” 

 

In my novel, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, newlyweds Catina and Darryl are confronted with one of the greatest challenges they will ever face as a couple.

Marriage is challenging enough as it is, but when one mate becomes critically ill, the stress for both spouses can bring on a whole number of other difficulties.  Sadly, some marriages don’t survive the stress.  Even though only one mate is sick, both are deeply affected, although in very different ways.  When God established the family arrangement, He said that the man and the woman would become one flesh.  So what does this mean for the couple in this situation?

Most people love being independent, and there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that.  All of us, if it’s within our power and ability, should strive to take care of ourselves.  But wouldn’t you agree that no matter who we are, at some point in our lives, we are going to need someone (whether or not we want to admit it)?  This is when interdependence comes into play.  Sometimes we have to depend on others to help us.  And if it is a legitimate need, there is nothing wrong with that.  But if we are used to doing most things for ourselves, that might be a hard pill to swallow.

It may also be hard for one or both mates to keep a positive outlook.  Dwelling too much on the past and how good or different things used to be can weaken our resolve to make the best of the situation we’ve been dealt.  It’s okay to have your pity party every now and then if you need to, but try not to stay at the party too long (because if you do, you’ll miss out on all the other wonderful things life has to offer).  Try to find delight in even the smallest of things and strive to continue raising each other up.  Even in such a trying situation, happiness is still possible.  And if the joy seems to be lost, do everything within your power to find it.

Maxine

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